As COVID-19 remains imminent several events have been either cancelled or postponed. Tonight we can tell you that the Primary School Examination that was to take place on March 30 has been postponed. The National Sports Council has announced that they will no longer be allowing sports events at any of their facilities around the country. The Ministry of Food and Agriculture has cancelled their Field Day at the Central Farm. The US Embassy has cancelled its routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments. Love FM has postponed its annual Bandfest Event and its Easter Bash in the south. All these cancellations are precautionary measures being taken especially since social gatherings around the country have been limited to one hundred persons. The announcement was made yesterday by Opposition Leader, John Briceno.
Hon. John Briceno, Opposition Leader, People’s United Party: “We had a fairly robust discussion on whether it should be fifty or a hundred and Dr.Manzanero insisted that let us start at one hundred simply because we have not found any case of the virus in Belize as yet but we’ll be monitoring that regularly and the moment we believe we have to reduce that amount we certainly will. We are as of now will be discouraging like football and basketball games and so, certainly the San Ignacio Fair they have to rethink that one even the churches probably to have their masses outside where they have this social distancing from one to the other; we have to do everything possible to keep our people healthy and safe away from the virus so the hundred is just a start and from there we’ll be monitoring and if we have to reduce it tomorrow to fifty or ten we are going to do that.”
Reporter: Would that include the UDP convention that is scheduled for April 6th?
Hon. John Briceno, Opposition Leader, People’s United Party: “Well I think they have problems getting to hundred right now.”
Rt.Hon Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “You know me. I acknowledge a shot when I see one even if I am the recipient but we have to think, I can’t only for myself but we have to give active consideration to whether that convention will not have to be postponed. In any event we weren’t thinking of well if the Leader said they had fifteen thousand at their march we had ten thousand at just a convention we weren’t thinking of that ten thousand, if we had the convention it would just be for the delegates to go and vote but that’s 570 so but let me get back to you on that one sir.”